Sometimes, after a dental procedure, you may have pain, bleeding or swelling.
Proper care after an oral procedure will help your mouth heal quickly and cleanly. The following are some tips on what to expect and what to do.
Once the anesthetic (freezing) wears off, feeling some pain is normal. You might have the most pain in the first 24 to 48 hours. Dr. AminZadeh may prescribe medication or suggest you take over-the-counter painkillers. Take the medication exactly as your dentist or oral surgeon and pharmacist has instructed.
It is important to rest. If you are up and about, you may feel more discomfort. Call Dr. AminZadeh if the pain does not get any better within 48 hours or at any time if you think there is a problem.
There may be some bleeding for the first hour or two after a surgical procedure and the area may continue to ooze for up to 24 hours. Blood and saliva mix together in your mouth and this can make it look like you are bleeding more than you really are. If Dr. AminZadeh has placed gauze in your mouth, leave it in place and apply pressure on the pad. Avoid hot liquids like tea and coffee and avoid alcohol and tobacco. After four hours, if you cannot control the bleeding by pressing firmly on the area with a gauze pad, call Dr. AminZadeh.
Your face may swell in the first 24 hours after a surgical procedure. The swelling may last up to five days. Once the swelling starts to go down, your face may bruise. The bruising could last for up to ten days.
On the first day after the procedure, use a cold compress on the swollen area. You can make a cold compress by wrapping ice cubes in a towel or you can use a bag of frozen vegetables. Keep the cold compress there for ten minutes. Take it off for ten minutes, then put it back on for another ten minutes.
On the second day after a procedure, use something warm on the swollen area. You can make a warm compress by wrapping a hot water bottle or a heating pad in a towel. The warmth will increase blood flow or circulation and bring down the swelling. Do not use anything hot enough to burn your skin.
Call Dr. AminZadeh if the swelling continues to get worse 48 hours after surgery, or if the swelling does not go down within seven days after surgery.
After surgery, your jaw muscles may be sore and it may be hard to open your mouth for up to seven days. Your jaw muscles may have become stiff and sore from holding your mouth open during surgery. You can massage your muscles gently with a warm, moist face cloth. Eat foods that are easy to chew such as eggs, pasta and bananas. Have drinks like milkshakes, milk and juices. If, after seven days, your jaw muscles are still tender or your mouth is still hard to open, call Dr. AminZadeh.
If you have any of the following problems after an oral procedure:
- You are bleeding a lot and it has been four hours, or longer, since your procedure
- You feel nauseous or you are throwing up
- You have a fever
- You have pain that does not get any better, and it has been one full day or longer since your procedure
- Your swelling is getting worse, and it has been two days or longer since your procedure
Or if you have a dental emergency, please call 604 558-3369 to get in touch with the emergency on-call dentist.